Selling a Car

Information on how to sell a car in Australia, with details on the documents required...

To sell a registered car in most states, it is helpful to get a safety certificate or certificate of roadworthiness. In Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, it is also obligatory.  Approved inspection stations provide safety certificates for a fee. A list of authorised vehicle inspection stations can be found on the transport pages of some state government websites:

Local vehicle inspection stations can also be found on the Yellow Pages website.

Cars can be sold privately, at auction or to dealers. They may be advertised in magazines and newspapers, on the Internet and on community notice boards. All current licencing paperwork needs to be ready for viewing by prospective buyers. There is no obligation to provide a warranty when selling a car privately. However, the seller is obliged to informed the buyer of any major defects that the car has.

Cars can be sold to dealers for cash. The price achieved is often lower than with a private sale. Cars may also be sold at auctions where all the paperwork is done by the auction house. The auctioneer advertises the car and gives advice on the amount it should sell for. The fee paid to the auction house is a percentage of the price the car sells for.

Once a car has been sold the state/territory department of transport, or equivalent, must be informed of the change of ownership. In most cases this can be done by filling in the form on the back of the current registration form. Both buyer and seller need to sign the form. In most states it is the responsibility of the buyer to notify the motor registry of the change of ownership. Some states/territories have websites providing further information on how to sell a car:

Further links can also be found on the Australian government website.